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Ralph Dellor

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Full name Ralph Dellor
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
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Specialise in cricket, but experience of numerous sports including, soccer, rugby union, boxing, hockey et al.

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Radio, Video
Last updated 05-11-2014 14:22


Ralph was born in Essex, went to school at Brentwood, before gaining a University of London degree after studying at Portsmouth University.

He began his career in 1970 with BBC local radio before progressing to national radio and television, presenting programmes like Grandstand and Today's Sport as well as a host of commentary and reporting assignments for programmes such as Match of the Day and Test Match Special. He won the Jack Fingleton Award as Cricket Commentator of the Year in 2000. He also has extensive experience of working in web-based media, with special reference to audio/video areas. In addition to working in radio in England, he has contributed to stations in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, the Caribbean, India, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He has reported on sports as varied as cricket, soccer, rugby, golf, snooker, squash, table-tennis, show-jumping, eventing, weightlifting, lacrosse, badminton, tennis and basketball.

Ralph has compered a number of live stage shows 'Cricket Night Out', 'An Evening with Will Carling', etc.), sports quiz shows, award functions and sections of the Royal Tournament. He recently hosted a successful touring stage show 'Sticky Wicket', and is an accomplished after-dinner speaker. He has been involved in a number of video projects and voice-over work, including two of cricket's best-selling videos. He was responsible for a series of 'In Conversation' audio cassettes with leading names in cricket.

Ralph's books include One Hundred Years of England v Australia, A Funny Turn, How to Coach Cricket, Copybook Cricket, Durham - the birth of a first-class county, Heading for Victory and Ted Dexter's Little Cricket Book. He has recently combined with Stephen Lamb to compile A Little Book of Cricket - an A to Z, Winning the Ashes, A Little Book of Cricket Legends and A History of Cricket. He was Editor of Cricketers' Who's Who from 1984-88, and has also compiled A Guide to British Golf Courses.

Ralph is also an active cricketer and golfer, is an ECB staff coach, was on the coaching staff at Oxford University for a number of years and coached the Norwegian national side that won the European Trophy in 2003, 2005 and 2006. He was a ministerial nominee on the Sports Council and acted as an advisor to a previous Minister for Sport.

As well as freelancing for BBC Radio and Television, he worked for British Forces Broadcasting Service, was the ICC's first media consultant, was director of cricket operations with Cricinfo between 2000 and 2003 when he left to set up Sportsline Media Limited with Stephen Lamb.

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